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31 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pretextual Airport Stops

  Recently, while traveling from Washington D.C. to sunny Florida, Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) sent me to secondary inspection at the airport. Apparently, my bag had an object that they could not identify. They asked me to identify the object on the screen and I was baffled. It was deep in my 50 gallon […]

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09 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments


I am never quite sure how to begin talking about anti-black racism among diasporic South Asians and Pacific Islander communities. After all, indigenous Fijians are essentially black. Many Indians brought to Fiji to work as indentured servants were also much darker-skinned, when compared to their Indian-born counterparts. While Indo-Fijians are often prejudiced against native Fijians, in part, […]

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10 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Triple Package Review: Debunking Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld

In their newly released book, The Triple Package, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld propose that some groups are naturally better than the others due to certain cultural traits they possess. I was on HuffPost Live to discuss the book, and to debunk its central notions, which you can watch here: If the embed link is […]

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30 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Dedh Ishqiya – How To Make Your Regressive Audience Watch a Gay Movie

Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya, is brilliant for its subtlety and in the way that viewers have been left to wonder in amazement about the relationship between Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi, the two leading ladies in the movie. Here is the ultimate movie spoiler: Yes, indeed. Madhuri and Huma are supposed to be together in the movie, as […]

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27 December 2013 ~ 3 Comments

13 for 2013 – The Year’s Best Music! (Bollywood)

My favorite music from 2013, arranged in no particular order. Titli (Chennai-Express) Once in a while, megastar Shahrukh Khan comes around with yet another mindless movie that reminds you of his Ram Jaane days (Yes, we haven’t forgotten). In Chennai Express, our Rahul is over 40 and relies mostly on repeating ad-nauseam scenes from Bollywood […]

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